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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mr. Rick Ries

I come to Our Lady of Grace after teaching at Assumption School for the past 32 years. Having had some good role models in grade school, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher by the time I was in junior high. In spite of my mother’s best attempts to get me to go into pharmacy, I fulfilled my dream to become a teacher. I began my time at Assumption teaching fourth grade and, most recently, taught fifth and sixth grade. I have taught all the subjects at one time or another over the years, although I especially enjoy Math, Science, and Language Arts. I guess I am coming full circle as I once again find myself teaching fourth grade at OLG.

I was involved in many extracurricular activities at Assumption including Student Council, Academic Team, Talent Show, Homework Club, Olympic Day, Canned Food Drive, Spirit Days and more. I think it is easier to get children to learn if they are having some fun while doing it. I have a good sense of humor so you may hear laughter if you are in the vicinity of 4R. On a recent trip to Gatlinburg, I bought a poster that kind of sums up my feelings. The caption reads, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

I am a local boy, having attended Assumption School, LaSalle High School, and Thomas More College, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-8). I still live on the same quiet street I grew up on, although in a different house. A packrat by birth, weekends will find me getting up at the crack of dawn to scour the local garage sales and flea markets looking for interesting items that I probably don’t need. I enjoy the hunt and, in the process, have found a lot of things to use in my classroom including hundreds of books for my classroom library (most of them bought for 25 cents or less).

After having spent so much of my life at Assumption, I was certainly not happy to hear that my school was closing. But, change is not always bad and, as the summer days tick away, I have been getting more and more excited as I look forward to the exciting new adventure that awaits all of us at Our Lady of Grace.